U.S.A. - ATLANTA-GEORGIA - HOMECOMING: African American Family History in Georgia


Hammonds House Museum is pleased to remount this exhibit from the archives of Auburn Avenue Research Library to not only recount an important segment of
Georgia history but to also focus on the art of photography from the lens of African American photographers from 1840 to the present.

This archival documentation project developed by Carole Merrit is a revealing recollection of black family strength and endurance and reveling reminder of where the family unit stands today in contrast.

This exhibition marks a significant partnership launch between Hammonds House Museum and the Auburn Avenue Research Library. The shared resources and programs of this union will translate into new avenues to better serve and engage the community.

This exhibition documents and pays homage to an incredible achievement – the survival of kinship ties and family pride among black people through the horrific experience of slavery. Up until 1978 when the project that collected these photographs was launched, there had been relatively little research on the African American family.

Two years earlier, in 1976, the country had celebrated its Bicentennial. Coincidentally, at the same time that Americans as a whole were reflecting on their country’s roots, Alex Haley published a book that would forever change how African Americans perceived their own. Roots reminded everyone that their family histories were richer and more complex than their recent memories and sparked an unprecedented interest in genealogy. Here in Georgia, this interest gave rise to the African-American Family History Association. In 1978, the Association began planning an exhibit on the history of Black families in Georgia as part of its goal “to engage the public in the research and appreciation of the family history of a people whose heritage has generally been unrecognized.”

The project developed by Carole Merritt, focused on the period from 1750 to the twentieth century in an attempt to get a general view of the changes that had taken place in black family life as well as the “continuities” that had endured over 200 years. More than 100 Georgia families participated, contributing family histories, photographs, and other documents. The first“Homecoming” exhibition was held in 1982 at the main branch of the Atlanta Public Library. The photographs selected for this current exhibition date from the late 1800’s to the mid 1960’s and chronicle moments in family life that we all recognize - birth, childhood, courtship, marriage, and death.

For African-Americans, home has had many meanings. As a place of origin, it was Africa; as a place of birth and residence, America. For many, home has been Georgia. In the sense of family, home has transcended place and circumstance. Bloodlines extended from Africa to America, and kinship survived slavery, oppression, war, and migration.

from the book Homecoming: African-American Family History in Georgia by Carole Merritt
Hammonds House Museum    03.02.2013 - 28.04.2013

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U.S.A. - ALFRED-NEW YORK - New Morphologies: Studio Ceramics and Digital Processes


New Morphologies highlights work that emerges from the encounter between the physical materiality of ceramic objects and the ephemerality of digital information. Working in Belgium, the U.S., Holland, and the U.K., the makers in this exhibition explore the intersection of digital technology with ceramic practice.

While digital fabrication technology has become ubiquitous in industrial production for its functional advantages - precision, efficiency, scalability - the work in this exhibition presents a distinct cross-current. Rather than employing technology as a straightforward solution to issues of production, these artists pose scenarios and questions that arise from the combination of digital technology and craft production.

What emerges is the precision of a machine layered with the risk of manual work. The individual authorship of the studio artist as auteur becomes hybridized with the collaborative and dispersed networks of digital space. Variability, chance, and material idiosyncrasies are introduced into machine processes and modeled through coded algorithms.

Artists included in the exhibition are Sharan Elran, Andy Brayman, and Stephanie Syjuco from the United States; Unfold Design Studio from Belgium; Geoffrey Mann from Scotland; and Anton Reijnders from the Netherlands.

Del Harrow is a sculptor and educator based in Fort Collins, Colorado and an Assistant Professor of Art at Colorado State University. Stacy Jo Scott is an artist based in Oakland, California. She is a graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art and a member of the Craft Mystery Cult performance collaborative.
The Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art    07.02.2013 - 05.04.2013


U.S.A. - ASHEVILLE- NORTH CAROLINA - In the Camps: Photographs by Erich Hartmann


Erich Hartmann
Barbed wire. Buchenwald KZ; near Weimar, Germany, Gelatin silver print, 20 x 16 inches. © Erich Hartmann / Magnum Photos.

Born in Munich, Germany, Erich Hartmann was sixteen when he came with his family to the United States as refugees from Nazi persecution. After the war he worked in New York City as assistant to a portrait photographer, and later as a free-lance photographer. In l952 he was invited to join Magnum Photos, an international photographers’ cooperative founded two years after the end of WWII.

Hartmann first became known to a wider public in the l950’s through a series of photo essays for Fortune magazine, beginning with The Deep North (1956). Throughout his career, he traveled widely on assignments for major magazines published in the U.S., Europe and Japan. His principal interest in photography, as in life, was the way in which people relate both to their natural surroundings and to the environments they create.

In his late years, Hartmann undertook a winter journey to photograph the mute and horrifying remains of the Nazi concentration and extermination camps, resulting in the book and exhibition In the Camps, published in l995 in four languages and exhibited in more than twenty venues in the US and Europe in the years since. The Asheville Art Museum is honored to host this important and evocative exhibition.

This exhibition was organized and curated by the Asheville Art Museum with special thanks to Magnum Photography and Ruth Hartmann. This exhibition was sponsored in part by an anonymous donor and by Joe & Jill Lawrence.

Asheville Art Museum      15.12.2012 - 14.04.2013

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U.S.A. - ANN ARBOR-MICHIGAN - Florencia Pita/FP mod


Florencia Pita/FP mod
Bahamas House
Courtesy FP mod

Organized by the University of Michigan Museum of Art, FlorenciaPita/FP mod explores the provocations and intersections of digital technology, material experimentation, femininity, and ornament in the work of Argentina-born, Los Angeles-based architect and designer Florencia Pita. The exhibition and its related publication, part of the UMMA Books series, trace the evolution of Pita's design ideology through installation pieces, urban design, tableware, furniture, and architecture, as well as small adornments. Pita's boldly colored works draw from literary, art, and biological sources; employ cutting-edge architectural fabrication techniques; and cross borders of visual art, architecture, and design.

University of Michigan Museum of Art      19.01.2013 - 16.06.2013

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Website : City of Ann Arbor

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